Florida Quilt Network - Newsletter #13

October 13, 1999



This newsletter is dedicated to the memory of Doreen Speckman who passed away suddenly on Saturday, Sept 18th in Ireland.  While I never had the opportunity to study with her, I have always heard such wonderful things about Doreen and her classes.  See more below about a benefit fund in Doreen’s name.


Also, FQN works!!  I had a multitude of kind souls sending me Teddy Pruett’s new address, for those of you who lost track of her after her move.  Thank you, thank you for taking the time to help out!  And here it is:


Teddy Pruett

Route 11 Box 106K

Lake City, FL 32024



Does anyone in Florida take in Hand Quilting work for pay?  I know that we can send our quilts out of state to get them hand quilted, but it would be nice to have a local or semi-local place to take it.  Please email me with any information you have.


Finally, the latest word from the SSQA hostess committee for the Nov. 6th Tampa meeting is that the registration deadline is not October 6th. but the 23rd of October.  So get your registration in soon to get your first choice in classes.



A fund has been set up to benefit Doreen's family. Cards and donations should be sent to:


Doreen Speckmann Fund

c/o A-1 Specialty Tours

2701 Sunset Point Road

Clearwater, FL 33759


Everything will be sent directly to Doreen's family. Any questions should be addressed to Stephen Schy at 727-796-7555.


This obituary appeared in the family’s local paper:


Doreen Kay Speckmann, age 48, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 18, 1999 in Ireland, while leading a quilting tour.  Doreen was born on October 18, 1950 in Monroe, Wisconsin, on a beautiful fall day, the loving daughter of David and Doris (Higbee) Punzell.  She graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1968 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  On November 27, 1971 she married Peter Speckmann. Doreen worked for the Madison Public library for several years.  Doreen created her first quilt with the anticipation of the birth of her daughter Megan.  From there she began a career in quilting which included: authoring two books in quilting, teaching quilting classes for thousands of people over the years and gaining worldwide fame for her off beat sense of humor and entertaining style. She led quilting tours and cruises to all corners of the world, touching the hearts and inspiring quilters along the way.   Doreen is survived by her parents of Green Bay; her husband, her daughter, Megan; three brothers, Dwight Punzell of Castro Valley, California, Dennis Punzell of Fitchburg, WI, Douglas Punzell of Green Bay, two sisters, Debra Falzone of Alameda, California, and Diana Dreger of  Manitowoc; 13 nieces and nephews; and many other friends and relatives.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 25, 1999 at Fitch-Lawrence-Sanfillippo-Cress Funeral Home, 6021 University Avenue, Madison at 12:00 p.m.  Friends may call on the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.  The family requests memorials to be made to the scholarship fund for Sievers School of Fiber Arts.  Fitch-Lawrence-Sanfillippo-Cress Funeral Home (608) 238=8406




Art Calinan mmc11@ix.netcom.co m of Central Florida Quilters Guild says:


Our Quilt Show, QUILT MAGIC 2000, “Colorful Beginnings” will be held on January 22 and 23, 2000.  Saturday hours: 9-5, Sunday 11-5.  Admission is $5


Our NEW location is the Central Florida Fairgrounds at 4603 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando.


This is a Judged Show, with over $2500 in Prizes.  Also, Teddy Pruett, AQS Certified Appraiser, Vendor Mall, Boutique, Door Prizes, Silent Auction of Miniature Quilts, Exhibition Quilts, Demonstrations, etc.


For more information, send LSASE to Art Calinan 1773 Owasco St. Winter Springs, FL  32708





SIMPLY QUILTS schedule for October: 

Show listings are also given on the HGTV website, at www.hgtv.com

SQ Hostess Alex Anderson has a new web site, here it is:



Starting September 27, 1999, there was a major scheduling change, as SIMPLY QUILTS moved from the Tues/Thurs/Sat/Sun schedule, to Mon/Wed/Fri. The good news:  the air time will stay the same, 9:30 am and 2:30 pm, Eastern time, so we won't have to remember a different time to set our VCR's :)    Also, the "new"  series of shows (#500 series) debuts on Sept. 27.  (The new shows are on at 2:30pm.) So set those VCRs & happy viewing!!



Oct. 1  9:30    #403    Women in America quilt

           2:30     #503    Open Air Quilts

Oct. 4  9:30    #446    Quilt For A Cure

           2:30    #504    An Artist's Inspiration

Oct. 6 9:30     #404    Mini Quilt Guild, Beginners

           2:30     #505    Really Small Quilts

Oct. 8  9:30    #405    Quilt History, Sunshine & Shadow

           2:30     #506    Quaint Quilting

Oct. 11 9:30   #406    1930s Quilt, Butterfly Block, Appraising

           2:30     #507    Pop Culture Quilts

Oct. 13  9:30  #407    Quilts & Recipes Married

           2:30    #508    Mr. Quilts

Oct. 15  9:30  #408    1800s Reproductions, Jacob's Ladder

           2:30    #509    Grandmother's Flower Garden

Oct. 18  9:30  #410    Tumbling Block

           2:30    #455    Halloween Bags & Wall Decor

Oct. 20  9:30   #411    3-D Patchwork

             2:30   #510    Thread Magic

Oct. 22  9:30   #412    Neutral Fabric Beauty, Beginner Log Cabin

                                   block, Wedding Quilts

            2:30    #511    Quilt Squaring

Oct. 25   9:30  #413    Feed Sacks

            2:30    #512    Folded Applique

Oct. 27   9:30  #455    Halloween Bags, Wall Decor

            2:30    #513    Interlocking Designs

Oct. 29   9:30  #414    Quilted Clothing

            2:30    #514    The Language of Quilts




Diane Smith (SMITHQUILT@aol.com) from Florida Cabin Fever Quilters says:


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Just to pass on some really good information, we had Roberta Horton teach 3 days at our guild and she was wonderful!  If you ever have a chance to take any workshops from her, don’t miss the opportunity. 


We have the following teachers coming to our guild, Florida Cabin Fever Quilters in Orlando, during the dates indicated, and they all had some time available the last time I communicated with them.  If your guild is in the Central Florida area and you would be interested in having them teach or  lecture for your guild, contact them directly. 


Katie Pasquini Masopust, (Fractured Landscapes) is teaching for us August 5,  6 & 7, 2000, Lecture Aug 7, she answered her emails very promptly.  She said she was interested in other teaching jobs while she was in the area.  Her email is Katiepm@aol.com and her phone # is 505-471-2899.  Her website is <www.katiepm.com>


Faye Labanaris, (Quilts with a View and Blossoms by the Sea) is teaching for us November 3, 4 and 5, 2000, Lecture Nov 6.  She is teaching for Spruce Creek Guild Nov 6.  She can stay through the next weekend.  She answers her email promptly when in town.  Email fayequilt@ttlc.net and phone 603-742-0211, Fax 603-740-9199.


Ruth B. McDowell, (Piecing: Expanding the Basics and Art & Inspirations) is teaching for us during our Quilt Show January 27, 28 and 29, 2001.  She will also be doing a lecture while she is with us.  The schedule she sent shows she has a little time before and after teaching for us.  No  email.  But I did write her and got a prompt reply and you can leave a phone message.  993 Main

Street, Winchester, Massachusetts 01890, phone 781-729-1434.


Caryl Bryer Fallert Lecture, New Work: Inspiration and the Creative Process, Friday, January 14, 2000, 7:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 106 E. Church St., Orlando.  Nonmember tickets are $5 each, advance purchase strongly recommended.  Send SASE and check payable to Florida Cabin Fever Quilters, P. O. Box 891, Orlando, FL 32802.  Caryl's website http://www.bryerpatch.com


Hurricane Floyd.  We have some quilts, tops and fabrics that we could donate for the victims of Floyd.  We would like to contact a quilt guild.  If anyone knows a guild representative that we could contact in some of the hard hit areas, please  send me their name, phone number, email address, etc.  Thanks 




Andi Reynolds andir@gateway.net from Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee says:


"When Life Gives You Scraps Make a Quilt"

18th Annual Quilters Unlimited of Tallahassee Quilt show

September 3 - October 30, 1999

Museum of Florida History

500 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee

Free; Mon - Fri 9 am-4:30 pm; Sat 10 am - 4:30 pm; Sun/Labor Day Noon - 4:30 pm.

Info: (850) 488-1484


Featuring six Kaffe Fassett quilts, plus quilts from Russia, England, California, Illinois, Texas, Virginia.


Silent Auction; bids close 4pm October 30.


Totally Unique to Quilt Shows: Saturday, October 2, 11:30 am, the Florida State University Dance Reparatory Theatre with nationally known author Janet Burroway will present a dance-dialogue using quilts in the exhibit as source material for choreography.


Boutique open on September 3-6 and October 30.




Julie England  wonmug@digital.net says:


As a result of your note in Newsletter # 12 asking for someone who mends/cleans quilts, Pat Lester <patles@sunet.net corresponded that Dorothy Myers from her Sunbonnet Sue Quilters' Guild does this. For others with such a need Dorothy Myers can be reached at 561-562-1334 in Vero Beach.


Thank you for the service you provide us through your newsletter.




Nancy Bryant nanbry@alltel.net of Lady of the Lakes Guild says:

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Oct. 15, 16, 17 1999 Stephen Foster Quilt Show and Sale.  Hwy 41 North. White Springs, Fl. Fri. & Sat 9:00am to 5:00 pm, Sun. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  For more info: Elaine McGrath, Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center Hwy 41 P O Drawer G, White Springs Fl. 32096.  904-397-2733  This is the 12th Annual Quilt Show- Demo's Quilt Challenges, Featured Guild Exhibit Collection of Toy Sewing Machines & Textile Bags. Quilt Appraisals, Quilt Shop Venders, Quilting Workshop, Lecture and Food Vendors.  Guest Lecturer is Teddy Pruett, Oct 16 2:00 p.m. Feature Quilt Guild Springhouse Quilters. Workshop, Gloria Comstock, Hand applique`.  Didn't know is you had this

info.  I went the last three years and it was wonderful.  From God's Country, Lake City, Nancy & Lavaughn Bryant



Marilyn Weiner marobi@bellsouth.net of Palm Beach County Quilters' Guild says:


Caryl Bryer Fallert will be with Palm Beach County Quilters' Guild from Jan.19-23, 2000 for a series of 3 workshops. All classes require sewing machine. We have openings in 2 classes and waiting list for the 3rd class!



Illusions:  Weds. 1/19  which is a 6 hr. project oriented class.


String Piecing and other Techs.  Thurs-Fri  1/20-21  12 hrs. total class time for 2 days.  This is a technique oriented class designed to learn Caryl's methods for string piecing and some surprise "fun" patterning.  Contact me for class fees/materials/info



Getting Comfy with Curves: Sat-Sun 1/22-23    9 hrs. total class time.  Technique oriented to learn Caryl's fantastic method for curved piecing.  Other techs will be shown during this session also.


Please contact me with any questions pertaining to the classes.

Thanks a lot,